We are in unprecedented times and our arts sector faces an uncertain future. Our non-profits that are rooted in and serving our community are facing heavy losses from closed/canceled performances, venues, music classes, school field trips, exhibits, youth arts training, and fundraising events. All are and will be experiencing massive hits to earned and contributed revenue.


With that said, and with our community’s health and safety in mind, the Fund for the Arts has decided to cancel Awards in the Arts 2020, with no plans for postponement at this time. Our community’s safety is our top priority; we are adhering to guidelines set in place by our local and national government and following the lead of Churchill Downs’ postponement of the Kentucky Derby. Please note, at this time, Churchill Downs has not confirmed the status of other events to take place leading up to the Derby, therefore we feel it is in our best interest to move forward with canceling Awards in the Arts during these unusual and unstable circumstances.


We want you to know the Fund for the Arts is fighting to help our grant recipients and the regional arts sector as a whole in a number of ways.  We have joined several non-profit task forces to give a unified voice as the sector seeks government economic relief. As such, the Fund for the Arts has created a website www.fundforthearts.org/ArtsAndCultureINKY  in an effort to continue to provide arts experiences for people at home that we know will bring joy, hope, and comfort for the Greater Louisville community, as well as continue to deliver on our mission during this difficult time.


And now, most importantly, we need your support more than everWill you please allow us to use your ticket purchase of $1200 toward our current campaign, addressing the immediate emergency need in the arts community?  This is an opportunity for the Fund for the Arts to innovate, lead, and serve our community. In these uncertain times, we will continue to bring arts to you even if you can’t come to the arts. The Fund’s leadership in our community has never been more critical, and with your help, we will lift up and sustain the arts & cultural sector. Your support is needed now more than ever. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and consideration of donating your Awards in the Arts experience.

2019 Awards in the Arts Sponsorships

Please see below a list of our generous 2019 Awards in the Arts sponsors! Thank you for your continued support of the arts, providing more art, for more people, in more places.

Presenting Sponsors

Signature Sponsors

Innovator Sponsors

Cultivator Sponsors

Anniversary Sponsors

LG&E and KU Foundation
Norton Healthcare
Todd Lowe and Fran Ratterman
The Underwriters Group

Supporting Sponsors

Beam Suntory
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Dean and Mary Beth Warner
Diaz Family Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
Frazier History Museum
Gill and Augusta Holland
Hilliard Lyons
Kevin Gibson
Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer
Mary and Terry Meiners
Merry-Kay and Steve Poe
Old National Bank
Papa John’s International
RiverWealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisers
Tawana Edwards and The Glenview Trust Company
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Twin Spires
Unified Technologies
University of Louisville Athletics
US Bank

Product Placement Supporter Sponsors

More About Awards in the Arts

Louisville’s Awards in the Arts celebrates the extraordinary arts community in the Greater Louisville region and the arts tremendous contribution to our unique cultural landscape and quality of place. But most of all, Louisville’s Awards in the Arts were established to celebrate the artists themselves, their talent and passion, to create, produce and present transformative and inspiring works of arts, in and for our community.

Louisville’s Awards in the Arts will be presented at Churchill Downs on April 25, 2020.


If you are interested in purchasing a table, individual tickets, or would like more information about the event, please contact Nicole Humphrey:  nhumphrey@fundforthearts.org or call 502.882.8697